Vintage Moroccan Azilal Carpet AZ27

With a linear construction of interspersed hand knots between rows of woven flat weave, this Azilal has a beautiful textural quality. Subtle natural striations throughout the ivory wool with motifs knotted in medium brown wool and sea green cotton on a cotton warp. Its central lozenges are flanked by partial lozenges on each side, creating the feel of pattern extending far beyond the carpet's borders (the "infinite rapport").

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This High Atlas village produces some very colorful carpets from a Berber tribe of the same name. The Azilal tribe shares many patterns and symbols that are similar to its Beni Ouarain cousin, but differ in knot technique. The main difference is in construction, Azilals utilizing a single knot technique, while the Beni Ouarain tribes use a double knot and weave entirely in wool. Azial carpets can be made of a wool pile with various other fibers woven into the backing. This is due in part to limited access of raw wool material and the lack of need for the rugs to provide insulation from the cold.

region.High Atlas Mountains, Morocco
dimensions.6'2" x 4'11" / 1.88m x 1.5m
pile height.Medium
fringe length.5"
rug no.AZ27
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